UTEP-Arkansas-Pine Bluff Preview Capsule
Sept. 1, 2010 at 4:01 a.m.
UTEP (0-0) at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-0) at El Paso, Texas, 9:05 p.m. EDT Saturday
Series Record: First meeting.
What's at Stake
For the first time since 1987, UTEP enters a season coming off a win to close the previous year. The Miners had lost 22 straight season finales before beating Marshall 52-21 to end 2009. The Golden Lions hope to stop a two-game skid.
Key Matchup: Arkansas-Pine Bluff's pass defense vs. UTEP's offense. Last season the Golden Lions of the Football Championship Subdivision allowed 202.3 yards per game in the air. The Miners averaged 277.6 passing yards.
Players to watch
UTEP: QB Trevor Vittatoe ranks fifth among Football Bowl Subdivision returnees in yards passing (275.7 per game), and ninth in total offense (268.8 per game).
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Receivers Raymond Webber and Thomas Winters could be one of the Southwestern Athletic Conference strongest duos this season.